Losing The Turks

A dispiriting poll finding:

The number of people saying Turkey should conduct a cross-border military operation against militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) stood at 81 percent, up sharply from 46 percent in the last poll in July.

The poll was conducted before 12 soldiers were killed in an Oct. 21 clash with PKK rebels near the Iraqi border and before Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan held crisis talks in the White House with U.S. President George W. Bush...

Despite U.S. offers of help for NATO ally Turkey in fighting the PKK, the poll showed the number of Turks with a negative view of the United States had risen to 86 percent from 49 percent in November 2003 after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Hat tip: Juan Cole.